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I started a thread asking about using naval jelly to clean the rusted head of my Minimax Jointer/Planer. I got some good responses, the one I prefered was an electrolisys method, but I don't want to soak my bearings overnight so I went back to the green scrub pad and some 220 grit sand paper. Everybody gave me the big kibosh on the jelly idea.

I unplugged the machine, (safty first!). You can see the flat surfaces are cleaned at this point, but the head is very rusted. I removed the drive gear cover and disengaded both the drive chain and the drive belt. Then the 4 bolts holding the bearing blocks and pulled the head out. Everything is rusted, the bearing blocks, the shaft, the pulley, the knives, the jibs and of course the head. After about 10 minutes with the green scrubber and some 220 grit sand paper I have 1/3 of the out side surface of the head polished up, still need to get down in the grooves and clean the shaft and pulley.
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Hi Jack.

Sorry to see that your equipment is suffering from the weather up there in NY state.

We are lucky here not to have to put up with those conditions.

Keep us up to date on your progress.

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Thanks for tuning in James, you bet on the progress. I hope this weekend to getter all back up and running, I really wanna get started on the urns. I have an order for two and plan to make 5 or 6, that way I can bring them to several other places and hopefully sell them as well. I'd really like to go full time on this and stop doing construction altogether.

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So James, I promised to keep you up to date but then never replied. I did get it all polished, I hooked my drill up to it, turned it on and let it spin while I held some abrasive to it. It came out looking almost new, really nice. The blades for the most part, though a little rusty, have retained their edge. When I joint or face plane I get a very smooth result, even in my curly maple. However, when I switch to the planer I get chunks pulled out from the wood. I tried spritzing the face with water first to slightly raise the grain but all that seemed to do was dis-color my nicely polished head, but no rust. I was at my wits end, what with all this expensive wood essentially being ruined by the planer when I finally decided to switch back to my Dewalt 735 planer, its much slower, the blades are pretty well nicked and there is no comparison in the power level between the two. BUT, the Dewalt gave me a fantastic chunk free finish, then I tried rotating the blades and using the new side, GLASS smooth finish, unbelievable!!! I have been told by a friend that I need to have the MiniMax blades resharpened with a secondary bevel on them, and this will eliminate the tearout, so soon I will do that, we'll see.

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